About Camp Lawton
Come and join the Llama family at Camp Lawton. Every Scout dreams of fun and adventure at summer camp. Since 1921 Camp Lawton has been bringing these dreams to life.
The mighty views of Tucson provide the dramatic backdrop for this full service camp. The camp includes a trading post, a .22 rifle range (where we use air rifles per Forest Service Regulations), an archery range, photography, scoutcraft, handicraft and an ecology study center.
Far more important to a Scout than these wonderful facilities are the outstanding young men and women of the Lawton staff. The staff is the kind of older Scout that each camper will look up to and want to be like. They are trained at National Camp School to make every Scout feel special and give him a great camping experience.
Camp Program Areas
Camp Lawton Aquatic Programs
First year campers can earn the Swimming merit badge. Second year Campers can earn the Life Saving Merit Badge. Scouts that have already earned these merit badges are encouraged to earn the BSA lifeguard Certification.
Camp Lawton Shooting Sports
Join our National Camp School Trained Shooting Sports staff at Camp Lawton. Come pull the trigger and learn how to shoot while earning the Rifle Shooting merit badge. If you are not a sharp shooter, try your steady hand at the Archery merit badge. Find out how to make an arrow and hit a bulls eye.
Camp Lawton Ecology Programs
If nature is calling you, stop by the Ecology center. We offer merit badges such as: Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Science, Nature, Astronomy, Plant Science, Mammal Study and many more! Mount Lemmon offers the best views of the sky above art show of shooting stars nightly. Do not get a neck cramp by only looking up; check below your feet for tracks of turkeys, skunks, and deer. Come take the nature walk to complete your Second Class requirement or just for fun. Do not miss out being 8,000 feet in the air with us.
This area offers the Pioneering, Search and Rescue, Wilderness Survival, Camping, Geocaching, Archaeology and First Aid merit badges. Our multiple camp orienteering “night-eye” courses are also based out of this area.
First Year Camper Program
The First Year Camper (FYC) program is for young Scouts who may be attending summer camp for the very first time or need help in working on Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class Advancement.
There are five basic goals for the FYC Scouts program:
1. To provide a well-organized program based upon the patrol method and lead by qualified instructors.
2. To teach participants basic skills necessary to succeed in Scouting and to enjoy outdoor programs.
3. To instill in the boy a respect for Scouting’s methods and ideals.
4. To maintain a ratio that is comparable to an average patrol: eight-ten boys for every patrol guide/instructor.
5. To provide an exciting and memorable summer camp experience that motivates boys to be active in their troops and continue in Scouting.
While in the first year program Scouts will cover a vast majority of the basic rank advancement requirements (except for troop participation requirements, Scoutmaster Conferences & Boards of Review).
STEM focuses on merit badges such as Chess, Digital Technology, Robotics, Movie Making, Animation, Programming, Game Design and Radio. All the technology will be provided at little to no cost to the participants.
Once Scouts reach the rank of First Class, their climb to Eagle begins in earnest. Our Eagle Quest area is there to help them on their way by providing them guidance toward their Eagle rank as well as earning Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Citizenship in the Community, Personal Fitness and the Communications Merit Badges.
For artistic and relaxation pursuits, Scouts may spend their time in the Handicraft area to learn skills such as Art, Basketry, Wood Carving and Leatherwork merit badges.
New for 2016 will be the Camp Lawton Trek Program. this program is intended for youth who are 13+ years of age. A maximum of 8 participants per week will be allowed to experience our Trek Program. The program will take the participants on a 20-30 backpacking trip. While on the trek participants will learn skills related to leave no trace, astronomy, backpacking, camping, cooking, hiking, search and rescue, wilderness survival and SO MUCH MORE!
Camp Refund Policy
Summer Camp Refund Policy
All fees are refundable/transferable with-in the current reservation until May 6th payment deadline of the year your unit attends camp.
Payment for camp is $295 per Scout and $80 per adult if paid in full by May 6, 2016.
Payment for camp is $310 per Scout and $80 per adult if paid after May 7, 2016.
After May 6, 2016, the full fee is charged as ‘a no show fee’ if your number is lowered. Fees paid above the first and second payment amounts is refundable only upon written request by unit leadership under the following conditions: (use Catalina Council refund form)
-Illness of the Scout prevents his attendance at camp
-Illness or death in the family
-If the family relocation makes camp attendance impossible
-If a Scout becomes ill, while attending camp and is sent home by the camp medical personnel, the Scout shall be entitled to the pro-rated refund based on the fee minus the first and second payments
How To Register
Please send Payment to
5049 E Broadway Blvd Suite 200
Tucson, Az 85711
$100 per unit to reserve your spot & week at camp
$50.00 per youth due by Friday, February 4th, 2016
$50.00 per youth due by Friday, March 25th, 2016
$195.00 per youth due by May 6th, 2016 (Final Payment)
$80.00 per Adult due by May 6th, 2016
$15.00 late fee begins May 7th, 2016
Important Camp Documents
Camp Staff Opportunities
Why Should I Apply For Camp Staff?
Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:
- To make lots of new friends in your area, other states, and even other countries
- To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails
- To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime
- To be part of an effective team and to cooperate with others to get things done
- To learn how to lead others and to apply leadership skills
- To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges and to earn the satisfaction of doing a job well
- To work with youth and adults of all ages
- To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all)
- To give something back for the opportunities you have received
- To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Scout Law
- To have the advice, counsel, and support of senior staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed
- To be paid and receive food and lodging in return for something challenging and fun
- To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and to receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits
Why work at a fast food or retail establishment that focuses on sales when you can have opportunities like these that will prepare you for more meaningful endeavors?
SUMMER CAMP STAFF…A JOB WITH CHARACTER!